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Nana56 Tue 04-Jan-22 08:54:57

My husband has been diagnosed with benign paroxysmal vertigo.
Dies anyone have any experience of this? Hiw long does it last
Thanks in advance.

tanith Tue 04-Jan-22 09:01:34

I suffer from vertigo occasionally mine usually settles after a day or two. There treatments by manoeuvring the fluid in the eardrum if it persists. See the GP if it doesn’t settle. It’s a horrible thing and I have to literally lie still and not move till it goes.

shysal Tue 04-Jan-22 09:05:14

I have suffered many times since the first attack 50 years ago. I am usually at my worst for a week or two, followed by feeling 'spaced out' for a few more weeks.
I have never been offered the Epley manoeuver but understand it can be very successful. Trying on my own made me too sick and dizzy to continue. Lots of videos on Google.
These days I am largely free from attacks by just avoiding the triggers such as quick head movements, lying completely flat on my back, looking up at the sky above and definitely no fairground rides!
It is a miserable condition, I hope your husband recovers soon and has no recurrences.

Jumblygran Tue 04-Jan-22 09:06:06

Yes I have had BVVP a couple of times it is a bit disconcerting isn’t it. It can last a couple of weeks. Physiotherapists can do a manoeuvre which helps to rectify it and it helps a lot.

MerylStreep Tue 04-Jan-22 09:12:23

The exercises are very simple and very effective. My doctor highly recommended them when I had ( just 1) attack.

MrsEggy Tue 04-Jan-22 09:19:19

I have suffered with this occasionally for some years, I have found some exercises on line which do help, but you need to be a bit flexible to do them, they involve twisting the head at various angles to reposition the calcium deposits in the inner ear (not a very scientific explanation!)

EllanVannin Tue 04-Jan-22 09:21:42

I first had it about 4 years ago after having a TIA. Since then I've had a couple of bouts, usually if I'm out of sorts. The last bad " do " was after my first Covid vax nearly a year ago where I suffered all through February last year----which is why I wouldn't have another vax.

It's a damned awful thing when you can't keep your balance and until you're sitting you feel nauseous on your feet. I was given anti-sickness pills, but didn't take any sad
I struggled !

Lilypops Tue 04-Jan-22 09:26:23

Nana56. Hi sorry to hear your husband has been diagnosed with BVVP, it’s very distressing when an attack comes on,
My husband had this a few years ago , we went to various specialists after tablets for dizziness did not help him
A consultant at Aintree Neuro dept, Liverpool did the Epley manouvre on him which done properly dislodges any crystals in the ear that are in the wrong place, and that’s what causes the dizziness,

The consultant showed me how to how to do these movements which involves turning the head different ways,
The next time my husband had an attack of BVVP. I was able to do these and he hasn’t had an attack since, now ,whether it was the manouvres or he was just getting better I don’t know,
The attacks lasted on and off for a couple of years until we sought help,
I hope your husband gets some help and certainly ask about the Epley manouvre when you see your GP. Good Luck

Aveline Tue 04-Jan-22 09:46:46

Well done learning and carrying out the Epley manoeuvre.
A couple of months ago I developed vertigo suddenly. It was horrible. A swooping spinning feeling whenever I moved my head. I researched the Epley manoeuvre and was working up to having a go when DS told me that his boss had vertigo too as had some of the customers. Turned out that it was a bug going around. A couple of weeks later it was all better. It was wonderful.
That leaves me very sympathetic to people who have to live with this condition or live with the fear of another episode

annodomini Tue 04-Jan-22 10:33:19

I've had two attacks which lasted the best part of a week each. The recovery was gradual and I sometimes had to grab the nearest thing (or person) to avoid falling over. My GP advised me that, when I was travelling by train, I shouldn't look out of the window as that might bring it on again. It was quite different from Labyrinthitis which I only had once, in viral form. That was hideous!

Aveline Tue 04-Jan-22 10:36:04

I remember the sudden having to grab on to nearest large object - a table or DH!

Sar53 Tue 04-Jan-22 10:45:29

I had a very sudden attack of vertigo a few years ago.

I was referred to the ENT department at our local hospital and the consultant performed the Epley manoeuvre. This was successful and I haven't had another episode (fingers crossed) since.

It really is very debilitating at the time and quite frightening when it comes out of the blue.

I hope your husband doesn't suffer for too long.

henetha Tue 04-Jan-22 10:45:32

I'm dreading my next attack. Sometimes I can go for several years without one, but then get two or three in a year.
Mine last no more than about 2 or 3 days, but leave me feeling odd.
I don't know if mine are the benign paroxysmal type.

silverlining48 Tue 04-Jan-22 12:57:05

There have been many posts with advice on here about vertigo. Might help to have a look through them. He has my sympathy. It is horrible.

lemsip Tue 04-Jan-22 13:33:22

if you haven't had vertigo you cannot imagine how frightening it is..... out of the blue I was struck with an attack fter getting out of the shower early one morning, I had to sink to the floor in a crouching position where I managed to phone my son telling him to come at once I was ill, thought I must be dying...The world was spinning... my eyes couldn't focus.......thankfully it settled down in an hour then out of the blue another attack a few weeks later.......I didn't dare lay down in bed as it started again........I read up on it and saw GP of course....very careful how I move turn my head now. very scary.

Aveline Tue 04-Jan-22 14:10:36

Just turning over in bed was awful. That feeling!

agnurse Tue 04-Jan-22 17:15:26

While this can be very debilitating when it occurs, the good news is it's not serious.

It's caused by sludge building up in the semicircular canals in the inner ear. The fluid inside them can't move properly, causing vertigo.

As others have pointed out, there are exercises that can be done to help shift the sludge so that the fluid can move properly.

Aveline Tue 04-Jan-22 17:18:33

It was a viral infection in my case

chelseababy Tue 04-Jan-22 17:24:24